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  • You’re about to reap what Joseph Muscat sowed

    If you want to know the truth, read the financial press. My thesis advisor at university said that and it always stuck with me. His point was that Canada’s two national newspapers came from opposite sides of the political spectrum, and so their views would be filtered through that lens. But he wasn’t implying they […] More

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  • Robert Abela set a new record

    On his first day in office, Abela gave to me… 26 members of Cabinet. The previous record for largest-ever Cabinet was set by Joseph Muscat, who ran a bloated administration stuffed to the stone arches with cronies and friends of friends. Well, loosen that belt and bust up that budget surplus. Abela’s new team will […] More

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  • Who changed Omtzigt’s Wikipedia page?

    Council of Europe Special Rapporteur Pieter Omtzigt described being shadowed by police during his fact-finding visits to Malta, an assignment he called “my most difficult job ever”. I had a similar experience when I spent a week in North Korea in 2001. I was accompanied by two escorts everywhere I went in the world’s most […] More

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  • Just say no, Joseph

    Just because someone offers you something doesn’t mean you have to take it. I get offered free things all the time. Okay, it’s usually a packet of tissues outside a railway station in Japan, or free hugs in a city park. But my policy in all cases is to shake my head firmly and refuse. […] More

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  • Malta’s exportable Art of the Shady Deal

    Some countries specialise in technology, others specialise in services. Malta specialises in the Art of the Shady Deal. But it doesn’t just excel at home-grown corruption. Under the regime of Joseph Muscat, it also exports corruption to others. The latest instalment of The Shift’s ongoing investigation into the Vitals Global Healthcare (VGH) deal outlined exactly […] More

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  • The King of Kickbackistan goes full dictator

    Joseph Muscat hasn’t just stopped speaking to journalists. Now he’s locking them up. He already tried the Knights of Malta Option, walling himself off behind nested layers of barricades, but his metal bastions didn’t stop the cries of “Mafia” or “Assassin” from getting through, or the stray egg, even if they did wall Muscat off […] More

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  • The failed state of the man who would be il-Kink

    Malta’s democracy looks like someone in the last stages of tertiary syphilis. Every organ has begun to fail, and the brain is increasingly deranged. It all started, of course, when the patient was well and truly forked — and we know who did the forking. It sounds dramatic to say that Malta is now a dictatorship. […] More

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  • Joseph Muscat’s fight for survival

    There’s a hole in the space where Joseph Muscat’s integrity should be. In its place, we see a massively swollen survival instinct — inflamed by the fight for his own survival, and not the survival of his Party or his government. That’s the point we’ve now reached. His Chief of Staff Keith Schembri, the man […] More

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  • Who’s watching the watcher?

    What if Yorgen Fenech decided to ask for a presidential pardon? One day before Fenech was arrested in connection with the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia, Joseph Muscat promised to grant the alleged middleman in the case a conditional pardon in exchange for testimony that leads to the conviction of the mastermind. If Fenech was […] More

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  • Owen Bonnici’s shattered serenity

    Owen Bonnici had a bad night. Why would he exit parliament by the front door — right into the middle of a peaceful protest — when he could have slipped out the back like the rest did? After all, Bonnici wasn’t the main focus of the protestor’s rage — at least, not in the serene depths […] More

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  • Potholes and the government meme machine

    A hole is not a hole in the upside-down world of Malta. No, sir. That gaping space you swerved around on the new Marsa flyover is progress! We know this is true because Minister Ian Borg said so with great insistence when speaking to The Times of Malta. “It’s not a pothole,” he said. “Can […] More

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  • Schembri finally got his day in court, and he chose to run away

    Well, that didn’t go very well, did it? In court yesterday, Keith Schembri acted like the kid in the playground who mouths off and picks fights while whispering, “Hold me back….”, to his friend. Unfortunately for him, Magistrate Victor Axiaq was having none of this ‘holding back’ nonsense. He upheld the law in a country […] More

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